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Ross Arthur Baun

Ross Baun was born in McCleary, Wash. on Dec. 3, 1983, to Pauline and Ricky Baun. He attended McCleary Grade School and graduated from Elma High School in 2002. He attended Wyoming Technical Vocational College after high school and returned to McCleary.

Mike Richard Vita

Mike Richard Vita, 71, Aberdeen resident and former police officer with the Aberdeen Police Department, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

Betty Jean Dragecevich

Betty Jean Dragecevich, age 88, a longtime Aberdeen resident, died on Jan. 25, 2015, at Montesano Health & Rehabilitation Center in Montesano. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926, to Louis and Peggy Nuhse in Everett, Wash. She spent her childhood in Everett, Jordan and Tenino, Wash.

Gordon James Peterson

Gordon James Peterson, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, Wash., died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born on Nov. 21, 1930, in Flint, Mich. to Edwin C. and Anna (Paulson) Peterson.

Wendy Jane Lorenzen 1961-2015

“Either death is a state of nothingness and utter consciousness, or as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night.” — Plato

Audrey B. Bakotich

Audrey B. Bakotich, 93 years of age, died on Jan. 22, 2015, at Willapa Harbor Health and Rehabilitation in Raymond, Wash. Audrey was born in Aberdeen, Wash., on Dec. 22, 1921, to David W. and Nora May (Priest) DePew.

Kathleen Anne Muhlhauser-Williams

Kathleen Anne Muhlhauser-Williams, 65 years of age and a longtime resident of Grays Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, from a three year long battle with cancer, with her daughters at her side. Kathy was born on July 5, 1949, to Edward and Gladys Muhlhauser in Aberdeen.

Richard N. “Dick” McGovern

Longtime South Bend resident, Dick McGovern, age 81, died at his home on Jan. 21, 2015. Dick was born to Frank and Gladys McGovern in Burlington, Wash. on Aug. 26, 1933. He was raised in Concrete, Wash., graduating from high school in 1951.

Alexander Joseph Perron

Alexander Joseph Perron “Zander” made the journey home to Heaven on Jan. 19, 2015. He was 22. We were blessed with the most amazing gift of Zander. Zander choose this life and many would wonder why someone would choose to be in the body he came in with the physical pain his body brought him and what he had to endure; it is because he was an Angel on Earth. The pain and suffering Heavenly Father had to endure, when all he wanted was for people to love him and believe in him, is exactly the calling he gave to Zander. This is because Zander was a teacher, he taught us all lessons we would never know or learn without knowing him. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, were positively impacted from that day forward. He was happy and smiling day after day no matter what was going on. He was strong, patient, compassionate, loving and more, that words could never describe. He was a gift from the Heaven’s and we were given 22 priceless years with him.

Susan Kalin Robberson

Susan Kalin Robberson passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2015, of breast cancer in Tualatin, Ore., with her husband of nearly 50 years at her side. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash. on June 27, 1942. She graduated from the University of Washington and went on to teach school for many years. Susan was preceded in death by her son Michael in 2010, and by her parents Agnes and Mitchell Kalin. She is survived by her husband Doug, of the family home in Tigard, Ore., daughter Robin of Portland, Ore., brother Bill of Anacortes, Wash., and two nieces of Camano Island, Wash. and Anacortes, Wash.

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Joanne (Nisbet) Coker

Mary Joanne (Nisbet) Coker of Montesano, Wash. was reassigned to care for the babies in heaven while surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. She was 77. Joanne was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Port Townsend, Wash. to John and Blanche (Myers) Nisbet and was raised in Edmonds and Port Angeles. Joanne graduated from Peninsula High School in Port Angeles in 1956 and went to college for two years at WSU.

Paul E. McCoy

Paul E. McCoy, a former South Bend resident, died Jan. 11, 2015, at Silverlake, Wash. He was 70. Paul was born Nov. 10, 1944, at Joplin, Mo., to Robert and Leotia (Johnson) McCoy.

Marjorie C. Trumbel

Longtime Ocean Shores resident Marjorie C. Trumbel passed away Dec. 23, 2014, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Aberdeen. She was 87. Marjorie was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Great Falls, Mont.

Deanna Pearl Blumberg

Deanna Pearl Blumberg, age 71, a resident of Hoquiam, died on Jan. 11, 2015, at her home in Hoquiam. Mrs. Blumberg was born in San Rafael, Calif. on Jan. 13, 1943, to Glenn Brandt and Lillian (Ramsey) Bear. She was raised on a farm in Kansas. After her father’s death, her mother married Lloyd, a military man. The family lived in various locations until settling in Colorado. She graduated from Aurora High School in 1961.